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Re: base dependency warning

> Since Adam tells us this is no longer true and the boot-floppies team
> decides what goes in the base system, and since we seem to have a consensus
> that the base section is then unnecessary, policy needs to be updated. 
> Since other parts of policy refer to "the base system", we still need some
> definition of what that system is, or quite a few paragraphs (see end of
> this email) would need to be changed. Here is one way we could reword policy:
> | 2.3.6. The base system 
>   ----------------------
> |
> |   The base system is a minimum subset of the Debian GNU/Linux system that is
>     installed before everything else on a new system.  Thus, only very few 
> |   packages are allowed to go into the base system to keep the
> |   required disk usage very small.
>     Most of these packages should have the priority value `required' or at
>     least `important', and many of them will be tagged `essential' (see
>     below).
>     You must not place any packages into the `base' section before this has
>     been discussed on the `debian-devel' mailing list and a consensus about
>     doing that has been reached.

I sort of agree with Joseph Carter.  The last paragraph still talks
about the base *section*, which doesn't make any sense any more.  At
least this should be rewritten to say "base system".  But maybe we
need to talk about the debian-boot mailing list instead or in



  Julian Gilbey, Dept of Maths, QMW, Univ. of London. J.D.Gilbey@qmw.ac.uk
        Debian GNU/Linux Developer,  see http://www.debian.org/~jdg
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